ACA gradually starting to hit its stride

Not surprisingly, there have been plenty of bureaucratic snafus during the first couple of weeks in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I mean, who would have guessed there would have been problems when millions upon millions of people were trying, all at once, to sign up for a vitally important new program in an absurdly complex subject area at the very same time that half the nation’s political and media establishment was telling bald-faced lies about the program and doing their best to undermine its initial success?

Fortunately and predictably, however, the new program is starting to get its sea legs. As Tara Culp-Ressler reports this morning at Think Progress, folks in Oregon are starting to get things figured out and see important, measurable results:

“Over the past two weeks, Oregon has signed up so many low-income residents for health coverage that the state has cut its uninsured population by 10 percent, according to state health officials. The majority of those people are newly eligible for public insurance plans thanks to Obamacare’s expansion of the Medicaid program.”

Read the entire article by clicking here.

If only, North Carolina would have taken such an approach, tens of thousands of our fellow citizens would already be well on their way to a dramatic improvement in the quality of their lives.

 

9 Comments

  1. GOP Rules

    October 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Thre has never been a more true post here. We are hitting the stride of finding out what is in the ACA. And it is not looking pretty.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obamacare-woes-widen-as-insurers-get-wrong-data-2013-10-18

  2. Alan

    October 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I guess obtaining affordable health insurance is a bad thing? After all, poor folks, and folks down on their luck, simply don’t deserve to have access to quality healthcare, right?

    Can stupid be defined as a pre-existing condition?

  3. GOP Rules

    October 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Obtaining insurance is not a bad thing at all. Assuming you can get it, or assuming you actually want it, and that the insurer knows you have it, and that they know you are eligible for it, and most of all that you can actaully afford it (which is looking increasingly that the answer is no since the young are not going to participate), and that you will be able to work enough hours to afford it (which is looking increasingly doubtful every day).

    Funny how Oregon has 10% signed up when only about 50,000 people had signed up in total a few days ago across the nation. I guess this is due to the huge over statement of the “uninsured” all these years.

  4. YoYo

    October 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Yes, stupid is a pre-existing condition…

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    October 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    No wonder you guys (TM) covered that in Barrycare. The democrat voter base is severely in need of a cure. You finally bring up a good point Alan there is hope for you yet.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    October 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

    And GOP, it is actually like 200,000…..nationwide….that is a whole 4,000 per state. Give the Barrycare bureaucracy credit…even though they refuse to publish how many they have actually enrolled.

  7. Alan

    October 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

    When the neo-cons are SO afraid of the ACA, then it must be a good thing.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    October 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    If you are a dyed in the wool communist/socialist then your statement rings true. Otherwise not so much.

  9. Alan

    October 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Poor old Doogie/LSD doesn’t seem to understand there’s a difference between socialism, communism, and fascism.

    “Dyed in the wool communist”, LSD, this is 2013, you must be caught up in some time warp. The USA remains the ONLY advanced economy that doesn’t offer some form of universal healthcare access to its citizens, so the USA is right and EVERYONE else is wrong?

    PS. Universal healthcare access does not equal communism, unless Europe has been taking over by communists when I wasn’t looking.